A meeting of the Executive Committee of the United States Sailing Association was held by telephone conference at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, September 12, 2000. President Muldoon presided, and Secretary Everingham recorded the minutes.

1. ROLL CALL AND INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS. All members of the Executive Committee were present except Ms. Baxter, Dr. Eissner and Mr. Haenel. Executive Director Terry Harper was on a business trip to California and joined the meeting in progress.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. The minutes of the August 14, 2000 meeting of the Executive Committee were approved.

3. PRESIDENT'S REMARKS. Mr. Muldoon reported briefly on his meeting with the NGB collaborative group.

4. TREASURER'S REPORT. Treasurer Lane discussed the summary financial statement (revenue and expenses) for the ten-month period ended August 31, 2000, which was distributed to the Executive Committee before the meeting. He predicted that we will do better than the recast budget on expenses for the year but revenues for the year (particularly membership, sponsorship, offshore and training) will be significantly less than the recast budget, so that the increase (decrease) in operating assets for the fiscal year will be about $50,000 worse than the recast budget.

5. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. The Executive Director's report was distributed before the meeting.

5a. Membership Report - Mr. Harper reviewed the statistical information distributed to the Executive Committee before the meeting and discussed in his report. Significant progress has been made in the membership area in recent weeks to implement recommendations discussed Mr. Rosekrans' August 13 report, which was discussed at the August 14 Executive Committee meeting. However, organizational memberships continue to lag behind expectations. The low organizational memberships and expiration of President's Club memberships account for virtually all of the current membership deficit.

5b. Sailing World - The Executive Committee approved the currently proposed contract with Sailing World. The contract is for a three-year term with a 12-month cancellation provision.

5c. Rolex Contract - The Executive Committee approved the proposed new contract with Rolex, which was distributed to the Executive Committee before the meeting, with the understanding that US SAILING re-quest permission to use Rolex trademarks in US SAILING advertising and promotional materials (i.e., rights reciprocal to those conferred on Rolex by section 2c of the contract).

5d. Ficker Cup and Butler Cup - The Executive Committee voted to endorse the ISAF Event Grading Appli-cation for the 2000 Ficker Cup (upgrading from Grade 4 to Grade 3) provided the applicant reduces the percent of skippers from the host MNA to 70%. Messrs. Muldoon and Cook abstained.

The Executive Committee voted to endorse the initial ISAF Event Grading Application for the 2001 Butler Cup Match Race Series (Grade 4) provided the applicant requires a minimum of eight skippers. Messrs. Muldoon and Cook abstained.


6a. 2001 Budget - The Executive Committee discussed the draft budget that was considered at the August 14th Executive Committee meeting as well as the information requested during that meeting and subsequently provided by the staff. A special Executive Committee meeting on September 19 will be devoted exclusively to the budget.

6b. Report from US SAILING Appeals Committee - Mr. Cook reviewed the views of the Appeals Committee on matters concerning penalties imposed under RRS 69 and the interplay between Article 14 of the Bylaws and the racing rules of sailing. (The Appeals Committee's views were requested by the Executive Committee on June 19; its response was received on August 16 and distributed to the Executive Committee on August 17.)

After a discussion, the Executive Committee approved a motion to direct the Racing Rules Committee to draft a proposed prescription to the racing rules of sailing to require that appeals of protest committee decisions relating to RRS 69.1 be made to the Article 14 Review Board and to do so by December 31, 2000.

6c. SAILING SMART Business Plan - Mr. Jepsen presented the Business Plan (September 8, 2000) for SAILING SMART that was distributed to the Executive Committee before the meeting. Further consideration was deferred until certain forecasted revenues and expenses can be refined.


7a. AWIA Board Nomination - Action deferred.

7b. Changes to 403b Plan - Action deferred.

7c. Submissions to ISAF by Member National Authorities ("MNAs") - Mr. Cook reported that the MNAs have made some 170 submissions and described some of the more significant submissions. The ISAF Delegation will seek guidance on several issues at the Annual General Meeting in New Orleans.

Eight people (including Ding Schoonmaker) were nominated for seven vice presidential slots.

7d. Women's Open - Discussion deferred until New Orleans.

8. ARTICLE 14 AND RRS 69 MATTERS - The Executive Committee and the Executive Director continued in executive session respecting Article 14 and RRS 69 matters. Mr. Everingham was excused and left the meeting before 00-14-05 and 99-14-02 were discussed, and Mr. Harper kept the minutes of the executive session after he left.

8a. Andrew Blom Appeal - The current draft decision approved. Mr. Lane abstained.

8b. 00-69-07 - The Executive Director will advise the parties that this matter has been referred to the Article 14 Review Board.

8c. 00-14-05. The decision of the Article 14 Review Board is being put in final form and will by mailed to the parties by the Executive Director.

8d. 99-14-02. A possible resolutio9n of this matter was discussed. The Executive Director is to draft a re-sponse and forward it to Messrs. Muldoon, Lane and Schoettle for review and revision.

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. (Central Time) on Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.


J. Theodore Everingham, Secretary